Game Day Guides: Alabama vs. the Fighting Irish for the National Championship in Miami, Florida

The stage is set for the granddaddy of them all, the BCS National Championship game between the #1 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide. Kickoff is primed for 8:00PM (Eastern Time) in sunny South Florida.

In one of the most dramatic stories of the year, the Fighting Irish are once again back at the top, with the resurgence being led by the nations #1 ranked defense. Although, they are facing their toughest challenge of the year when they go head to head against Nick Saban’s mighty Crimson Tide. Winning 2 of the last 3 National Titles, Alabama looks to add to its trophy case, with its current collection, leading the NCAA, in 8 AP poll national championships. For Notre Dame, it has been 24 years since they have last captured theirs, but the luck of the Irish can all change is one night.

Sun Life Stadium

Situated in Miami Gardens, Florida and 15 miles from the downtown district, Sun Life Stadium is the home of the Miami Dolphins, and the Hurricanes of college football. Getting to the stadium is easy and can be planned ahead using Miami-Dade Transit.

While you spend the extra days before heading to the big game, here are some recommended options and locations to visit:

Arrive and Relax

Students and alumni departing from their home locations are expected to arrive at the nearest airport – Miami International. Using the Miami-Date Transit site, getting to your destination can be planned easily. Once you get settled in, check out one of Miami’s wine bars to relax and before the weekend journey starts. Or, you can even find a bar and play some pool games with the crew to kick start a competitive weekend.

Miami Eccentricity

Miami is legendary when it comes to nightlife. Know for its lively, energetic, and often obtrusive activity, the scene throughout the area generates a pulsating vibe like none other. Plan your night out by hitting up one of these highly entertaining clubs and see for yourself. If you are more into low key hideaways, like any good city, Miami has a list of dive bars and pubs that are fit for you.

NFL Postseason

The NFL playoffs are underway this weekend, with the first games beginning Saturday evening. Grab a stool at a sports bar of your choice and don’t miss a snap on what is expected to be a usual thriller of a ride for the NFL postseason.

The BIG Game

The time has come! The moment you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. So big you are going to want to get an early start for this one. The buzz throughout all of Miami is surely going to be enthusiastic. Find that special neighborhood bar and meet up with the rest of the Crimson Tide or Fighting Irish crowds. Using the keyword search, you can find beer and food specials and get to your meeting point to fill up before entering the stadium.

Enjoy the game and your visit to Miami, let us know who you’re rooting for!


– barHappy Team

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